Manchester United fans are eager to know as soon as possible whether Crosby will be able to wear the familiar number 7 shirt at Old Trafford when he returns from his Juventus move.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey number to be confirmed next Tuesday
However, with the transfer yet to be officially completed, United’s official Mall still refused to put Cairo’s name on the shirt over the weekend.
Staff at the Old Trafford shirt shop told customers that they would not be able to print Crosby’s shirt until next Tuesday. So that means United will until next Tuesday officially complete the transfer of the Portuguese superstar officially and to finalize the shirt number.
The number 7 shirt is already owned
At the moment, United’s number 7 shirt belongs to Cavani. In the Premier League rules, the owner of the number 7 can no longer change it as United have already registered the player’s league jersey number for the season.
Although Ronaldo is temporarily listed as United’s number 7 on the official Premier League website, this is only because there is no updated information and Cavani is also listed as number 7. A team cannot have two number 7s in the Premier League at the same time, and there has never been a precedent in the history of the league for allowing players to change their shirt number mid-season. So unless Cavani leaves, Ronaldo will not be able to get a number 7 in the Premier League this season.
If United want Ronaldo to wear number 7 this season, it could be accomplished in the Champions League. The squad list for the Champions League has not yet been registered, meaning that Ronaldo could wear the number 7 in European competition while wearing another number in the Premier League.
The jersey number will affect the sale
The shirt number does not affect the player’s performance on the field, but is crucial to shirt sales. If Ronaldo wore two numbers in the shirt for league and cup matches, it could be a lucrative option.
The Portuguese superstar would probably respect Cavani and let him continue to wear number 7 while choosing another number himself, which would not prevent his new shirt from being a sales winner!
Other numbers Ronaldo has worn in his career include number 28, 17 and 9, with only number 28 currently vacant at Manchester United, whose owner, Facundo Pellistri, is on loan to Alaves in La Liga.
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